Customer Review

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid collection of Korngold treasures, 27 Nov 2008
This review is from: Korngold: Orchestral Works & 2 Arias etc. (Audio CD)
This disc covers the range of Korngold's somewhat limited output superbly.
The symphony and wonderful violin concerto, both with lyrical episodes reminiscent of his better known Hollywood film scores comprise disc one. Welser-Most & the Philadelphia Orchestra give a fine account of the complex but deeply enjoyable symphony. The violin concerto is an earlier recording but superbly played by Ulf Hoelscher and Willy Mattes with Radio SinfonieStuttgart.

Disc 2 has the suite from Much Ado About Nothing, Opus 42 Theme & Variations, the Piano Trio and 2 arias. With the exception of the arias these disc 2 works were unknown to me and one of the reasons for acquiring this 2 disc set. They are highly enjoyable if somewhat diverse works and make up this excellent cross section of the set.

If there is any dissapointment here it was perhaps with the arias, Te Kanawa's singing of Mariettas Lied did much to bring this lovely song to the public arena , unfortunately it now seems to lack the edge that Katarina Dalayman & the Swedish Opera bring live to the whole opera on Naxos however this is the next best thing! Her diction is good but not perfect and the tempo is slower than I would have prefered but...as I said she did much to popularise this aria and I am splitting hairs - see comment below about placement.

Hampson sings Pierrots Lied from the same opera but he too has been eclipsed by several others though it's still a very lovely memorbale account with a rather showy soto voce ending only Hampson can do!

In truth the real problem isn't with these arias themselves or the performers but their placement at the end of more modern and slightly more atonal works which makes them sound just a little dull, perhaps you should program them at the beginning of disc 2 and that would work better. Indeed I tried it that way and it does except for the that hushed ending from Hampson which deserves to hang as a final word quite on its own!

But for the price it is a bargain and even though I had the Hampson aria, and different accounts of the symphony and violin concerto I feel they these are worthy additions to the Korngold library. I can never help feeling he really didn't write anywhere near enough stuff even if he did recycle his tunes!

10 out of 10!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Sydney Australia

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,395